Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken make music with both traditional and hand made instruments that exploit the natural overtones and sympathetic vibrations generated by highly redundant tuning systems. Minimal structures and simple harmonic relationships give rise to meditative washes of sound.
Photo: Marielle Jakobsons
Astor is the moniker of Mark Harwood, Australian publisher, event curator and sound artist who is now residing in London, United Kingdom. Under this guise he deploys a wide variety of techniques including field recording, musique concrete, electronics and spatialisation. All of these forms are approached with a sense of bypassing the cliches imbedded within in order to coerce a sound world which is simultaneously contemporary, foreign, beautiful, unsettling and engaging.
Adam Melvin is a composer living in Donegal in the North West of Ireland. Much of his work incorporates the use of both acoustic instruments and electronics across a variety of performative environments and is often created in collaboration with the visual arts, most notably as part of an ongoing partnership with his brother, Mark Melvin.
Annie Mahtani is a composer and sound artist working and living in Birmingham. Since completing her doctoral studies in electroacoustic composition in 2008 she has worked as a freelance composer, performer, curator and educator.
As a composer, her interests include multichannel acousmatic composition, performance practice of electroacoustic music, live acousmatic performance, phonography, site-specific installations and cross disciplinary collaboration.
Annie is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based organisation which she founded in 2010, dedicated to promoting local sound artists and composers.
Yvette Janine Jackson, Los Angeles born, is a composer, sound designer, and researcher who creates narrative soundscape composition for concert performance, theatre, and installation. Her long-form works often draw from history and examine relevant social issues as exemplified in Vernaculus I and Vernaculus II, sonic expressions of the catastrophic Middle Passage of Africans to the Americas, performed by Mark Dresser’s Bass Ensemble and Anthony Davis’s Improvisation Ensemble, respectively. Her experience producing radio drama is manifest in her acousmatic compositions Invisible People (A Radio Opera), a sonic exploration of homophobia within African American communities, and A Thin Line (A New Radio Opera).
Photo: Joe Cantrell
Cormac is a composer and installation artist from Co. Louth, Ireland. He was awarded a PhD in Music Composition by Queen's University Belfast in May 2015 having completed a portfolio of compositions and interactive installations at the Sonic Arts Research Centre. His research focuses on the soundscape. In his compositions and installations Cormac shifts environmental context and consequently perception of such sounds.